Last updated on Jun, 26 2020
Punjab, one of the northernmost states of India, is bordered by the Pakistani province of Punjab to its west, Jammu & Kashmir in the north, Himachal Pradesh in the northeast, Haryana in the south and southeast, and Rajasthan in the southwest.
The confluence of five rivers makes Punjab’s agricultural land rich and productive. Approximately, 82 per cent of the state’s land is under cultivation compared with the national average of 40 per cent.
Punjab’s Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) (in Rs) is expected to increase at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 10.55 per cent between 2015-16 and 2020-21, reaching Rs 6.44 lakh crore (US$ 92.19 billion).
The state provides investment opportunities in sectors such as textiles, agro-based industries, IT & ITeS, automotive and auto components, sports goods, and light engineering goods.
Punjab is the source of 95 per cent of India’s Woollen Knitwear production, 85 per cent of India’s sewing machine production, and 75 per cent of India’s sports goods production.
It is also known as the ‘Breadbasket of India’ and also led to first Green Revolution in the country. By 2025, it is expected that the state will be among the leading producers of non-food grains as well as exporter of various agri-products. Total food grain production during 2018-19 stood at 31.53 million metric tonnes as per the state’s economic survey 2019-20. Horticulture production in the state reached 7,342.12 thousand metric tonnes in 2018-19 as per the third advance estimates.
Punjab’s road, rail and air transport network, connectivity, construction of bridges and infrastructure facilities are rated among the best. As of March 2020, Punjab had a total installed power generation capacity of 14,205.42 megawatt (MW), of which, 8,741.48 MW was contributed by thermal power, 3,818.62 MW by hydropower, 1,448.50 MW by renewable power, and 196.81 MW by nuclear power.
According to Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), cumulative FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) inflow in Punjab1 amounted to US$ 2.49 billion between April 2000 and March 2020.
During 2019, Punjab Government received 57 IEMs with proposed investment of Rs 1,843 crore (US$ 263.70 million).
Punjab has easy procedures to set up a business according to a study by the World Bank and KPMG. Punjab had set up a Bureau of Investment Promotion (BIP) in December 2013 for one-stop clearance of investment proposals. BIP has powers to give approvals related to pollution control, excise and taxation, labour issues, factory licences, boiler registrations, town and country planning, land and power-related issues.
Punjab has emerged as a key hub for textile-based industries including yarn, readymade garments and hosiery. With the development of apparel parks, favourable textile policy and other incentives for the creation of textile infrastructure, the state offers opportunities for investment.
Total merchandise export from Punjab stood at US$ 6.03 billion in FY19 and US$ 4.05 billion during April-December 2019.
1 Includes Chandigarh, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, and Haryana, *- till December
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